DAYTON, OH (May 20, 2019) – National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Dayton Performing Arts Alliance for support of the Stained Glass community concert series. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grant making program. The agency received 1,592 Art Works applications for this round of grant making and will award 977 grants in this category.
“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as Dayton Performing Arts Alliance are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”
“We are honored to receive this prestigious grant from the National Endowment for the Arts,” said Paul Helfrich, President & CEO of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. “This grant helps support our key strategic goal of mattering to Dayton by being a vital part of the community.”
The Stained Glass Series, part of the Norma Ross Memorial Community Concerts, is a series of free Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra concerts in local churches. The concerts feature the orchestra in performance with the host congregation’s choir and, where appropriate, local soloists and guest artists. Program content includes a major symphony, other classical repertoire, and choral or gospel pieces. Post-concert receptions are often held to allow attendees to interact more closely with artists and for the Alliance to learn more about our audience. Since introducing the series to the community during the 2006–2007 season, nearly 9,000 individuals have enjoyed a breadth of classical, choral, and gospel repertoire.
About the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance
The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was formed in July 2012 as the result of a groundbreaking and innovative merger between the Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Opera, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Together, they are the largest performing arts organization in the community, offering a tremendous variety of performance and education programs and setting a new standard for artistic excellence. Dayton Performing Arts Alliance performances are made possible in part by Montgomery County and Culture Works, the single largest source of community funds for the arts and culture in the Miami Valley. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance also receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency created to foster and encourage the development of the arts and to preserve Ohio’s cultural heritage. Funding from the Ohio Arts Council is an investment of state tax dollars that promotes economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohio residents. In 2013, The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance was thrilled to be one of five performing arts organizations in the country selected to receive a three-year “Music Alive” grant from New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras. The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance is the proud recipient of a 2019-2020 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.